Cheating has been an issue in Pokemon Go since day one. Several players of the immensely popular game have been constantly trying to beat their opponents using unfair means. The developer of the game, Niantic, over the last couple of weeks have become more strict towards players who utilize any form of cheating and has been actively banning them. In this process, Niantic bans both IP addresses and the personal accounts of the cheaters.
Recently, a Redditor named pokemongodev developed a theory for the banning of IP addresses. He managed to get an IP address of an entire nation banned in the process.
The Redditor used burner SIM cards and launched thousands of scans of the Pokemon Go servers from a particular IP address simultaneously. The IP address he used was of Belgium’s largest mobile telecommunication company, Proximus.
This immediately resulted in Niantic flagging the IP address, considered it to be a bot, and ended up denying access to every Pokemon Go player who was a Proximus user. Niantic missed the fact that the IP address was a national carrier and attributed it to an individual user.
However, in an interesting turn of events, the Redditor denied carrying out the test and claimed that Niantic had shut down the IP address only after reading his previous Reddit post. Niantic hasn’t commented on this claim by the Redditor yet.
This is not the first time when an entire community was barred from accessing Pokemon Go. Previously, players of Brazil faced similar situations when their IP was banned. The issue, however, was solved within a couple of hours after the outage. In Belgium’s case, the system took a couple of days to get back on track.